Sally Hogshead Bio

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SALLY HOGSHEAD: Hall of Fame speaker, international author, and the world’s leading expert on fascination.

Sally measured over 160,000 people to identify a scientific approach to personal branding. Over the past decade, her team has uncovered surprising trends about why certain people and companies succeed. Today, Sally teaches how to communicate and captivate in a world with a 9-second attention span.

When you fascinate a customer or employee, you immediately engage their interest. They’re more likely to remember you, trust you, respect you, and buy from you. But if you fail to fascinate, they’ll move on to the next option.

To break through and stand out in any competitive environment, you must understand how to fascinate.


Sally’s internationally-acclaimed book, FASCINATE: Your 7 Triggers to Persuasion and Captivation, has been translated into 14 languages, with praise from thought leaders such as Seth Godin and Tom Peters.

In 2006 Sally began her research on fascination, including a groundbreaking national study by a global market research firm. Her research uncovered that the average attention span is now only 9 seconds, and that the brain is hardwired to focus on 7 specific types of messages.

Sally is the creator of The Fascination Advantage™: the world’s first personality test that measures what makes someone most engaging to others. Unlike Myers-Briggs or StrengthsFinder, this test is not about how you see the world— but how the world sees you.

Frequently appearing in national media including NBC’s Today Show and the New York Times. The press has described her as “an icon” who has “changed the face of North American advertising.” Reality TV show Making It Big dedicated an episode to Sally’s creativity.


Growing up with the last name “Hogshead” would give anyone an unconventional point of view.

While studying at Duke University, Sally lived with an African tribe inside a goat dung hut. After graduation, she began a career in advertising, and in her early 20s, won more awards than any other writer in the U.S.  At age 27, she founded her first ad agency, and next, was Creative Director/Managing director of illustrious agency CP+B. Clients included Nike, Coca-Cola, Godiva, Aflac, and MINI Cooper.

In 2010 and 2011, Sally led “Project Fascinate” for the Jägermeister brand (yes, that notorious liqueur). Within months, Jägermeister was named one of the “Hottest Global Brands” by Advertising Age.


Few keynote speakers blend a research-based message with the high-energy delivery required to inspire big audiences. Sally is a 2012 recipient of the coveted CPAE award for lifetime achievement in speaking excellence.

Her 2012 clients include Intel, Cisco, Million Dollar Round Table, GE, New York Life, YPO, Inc. Magazine Leadership, and Intuit, with audiences ranging from Fortune 500 CEOs to entrepreneurs in Saudi Arabia.


Sally’s first book was RADICAL CAREERING: 100 Truths to Jumpstart Your Job, Your Career, and Your Life. Published by Penguin, it outlines the rules for building a no-compromises career with a fascinating personal brand. Marcus Buckingham, one of the leaders behind Gallup’s StrengthsFinder, writes: “Take inventory of your strengths, identify your passions, then do everything in your power to carve your career toward them. Only then will you, and everyone else, see the best of you. Want to know how? Read this book.”

Her next book, FASCINATE, was published around the globe, earning Sally a frequent spotlight in major media including Today Show and the New York Times. The press describes Sally a “marketing icon” who has “changed the face of North American advertising.”

In 2013, HarperCollins will publish Sally’s new book, HOW THE WORLD SEES YOU: From First Impressions to Lasting Value.

» Sally’s 6 word bio: Radical ideas, passionate action, keenly executed.


• The world is not changed by people who sort of care.

• You don’t learn how to be fascinating. You unlearn how to be boring.

• In a competitive environment, the most fascinating option always wins.

• Stand out, or don’t bother.